Female Managers Paying the Price

More so than ever, today’s woman gets to chart the course that feels right for her; women have the freedom to make more choices.  Yet despite our progress, some of these choices continue to come at a price. Motherhood and a career – and the resulting wage discrepancy between men and women – is one […]

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Runway Ripoffs Tailored in China?

One of the perks of a global career is the international shopping, and so a recent article in the Personal/Finance section on the web of the NY Times peaked my interest. The topic was whether or not it’s legal to have copies of your clothes made in Asia.  This topic is near and dear to my heart for […]

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Networking International Style

Last night I attended a World Affairs Council (WAC) event in Hartford, an advance screening of “Great Decisions in Foreign Policy” 2011 Television Series on PBS that took place in selected cities across the country. Attendees provided comments and opinion on camera to round out the series with audience interaction. Our “Great Decisions” topics were “Is American power fading?” […]

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Expat Yourself

One of the many great things about writing a book is the positive feedback Perry and I get from all kinds of people.  Sometimes it’s a student who was motivated to study abroad and has just landed a job upon graduation in Shanghai. Other times it’s a woman who was inspired to pursue a job opening in Mexico […]

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What We Need is a Cultural Language Revolution

The United States may be the only industrialized nation in the world where it’s possible to complete secondary and post-secondary education without any foreign language study whatsoever. Although most high schools and colleges/universities sometimes require one or two years of foreign language study for graduation, this small effort won’t suffice if our students are to […]

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Helping Students and Opening Minds: Destiny Africa Choir

One of my recent guest bloggers, Rebecca Weiner, wrote about the importance of exposing children to global and cross-cultural experiences. In my daughters’ school today, the PTO sponsored Destiny Africa, a children’s choir of the Kampala Children Centre in Uganda.  The choir played pulsating drums, danced to the beat and sang with happy hearts for an hour, inspiring the […]

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World Cities

In today’s New York Times, there is a thoughtful piece by Tony Judt, the director of the Remarque Institute at New York University who died in August. The piece reflects one man’s view of world cities, specifically New York, and pays homage to the global citizens who find themselves at home in NYC for a short […]

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Writing a Book

Many people ask me how I wrote my first book: How did I find an agent, a publisher, how did I have the discipline to write it within a tight timeframe. Is a proposal necessary, is an agent necessary. Over the last three years I’ve learned there is an allure to being an author, a mystique […]

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Chinese Approach to the Job Search

Here’s an interesting article from the Global Times on one Chinese student’s approach to the competitive job search. He’s certainly aggressive!

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American Students Studying Abroad Has Declined for First Time in 25 Years

The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released on Nov. 15 reported a decrease in the number of American students studying abroad. Published annually by the Institute of International Education — with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs — the report shows that 260,327 students studied abroad for […]

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